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da Vinci Robotic Surgery At CVPH

da Vinci Robotic Surgery At CVPH

CVPH Medical Center is one of slightly more than 500 first-class health care facilities in this country to offer the da Vinci Surgical System, a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. At CVPH, the da Vinci Surgical System is used by members of the medical staff specializing in urology and gynecology.

Currently at CVPH, the da Vinci System is used for urologic and gynecologic procedures.

Credentialed Medical Staff

Three members are currently credentialed to use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System:

Dane Larsen, MD. OB/GYN
Advanced Women's Healthcare
206 Cornelia Street, Suite 202
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 562-7777

Gamal Eltabbakh, MD, OB/GYN, Oncology
Lake Champlain GYN-ONC
210 Cornelia Street, Suite 406
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(802) 859-9500

Olof Franzon, MD, OB/GYN
Advanced Women's Healthcare
206 Cornelia Street, Suite 202
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 562-7777

Diego Grinberg-Funes, MD, Urologist
Urology Associates of Northeastern New York, PC
15 Degrandpre Way
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Robot Technology At Work

The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology. It allows your surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site.

The da Vinci System enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

Minimally Invasive, Maximum Benefits

For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities. Clinical studies also suggest that the da Vinci System may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow for example, better cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and incontinence with da Vinci Prostatectomy.

The da Vinci System's high-resolution 3D stereo viewer is designed to provide surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console's master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart's four robotic arms, which securely hold the patented EndoWrist instruments and high-resolution endoscopic camera. The EndoWrist instruments' jointed-wrist design exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand; motion scaling and tremor reduction further interpret and refine the surgeon's hand movements. A final hallmark of the da Vinci System is its fail-safe design, incorporating multiple, redundant safety features designed to minimize opportunities for human error when compared with traditional approaches.

A Step Ahead

da Vinci Robotic Surgery At CVPH

The da Vinci System is a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing, using hand-held, long-shafted instruments, which have no wrists. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments, to a nearby 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy. The surgeon must also rely on his/her patient-side assistant to position the camera correctly. In contrast, the da Vinci System's ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.

By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately raises the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits.

Outpatient Services

The Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center opened in 1999 at the CVPH Health Plaza. The combination of an excellent physician and nursing staff, convenience and quality services result in an extremely high level of customer satisfaction.

The Center includes four surgical suites and four procedure rooms for endoscopy plus very comfortable facilities for preparation and recovery. A family member/friend can be with the patient pre and post-surgery. A spacious and comfortable waiting area is also part of the facility.

Almost 1,000 procedures are done monthly at the freestanding ambulatory surgery center.

Located at 87 Plaza Boulevard, the Center can be reached at (518) 562-7580.

The lobby of the Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center, located in the CVPH Health Plaza, is representative of the program: comfortable, convenient and high quality.